Former Doncaster Rovers star finds fan 11,500 miles away as he turns up at New Zealand hospital for birth of first child

A former Doncaster Rovers star got more than he bargained for when he turned up at a hospital in New Zealand for the birth of his first child - a supporter of his ex-club from more than 11,500 miles away.

Friday, 24th February 2017, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:54 am
Dave Mulligan found a Doncaster Rovers fan 11,500 miles away in New Zealand.

Midfielder Dave Mulligan, who spent three years at Rovers between 2004-06, was stunned when he turned up at the hospital on the other side of the globe - only to come face to face with a vehicle in the car park sporting a number plate tribute to Rovers.

The 34-year-old New Zealand international, who now lives in the country, shared his surprise, posting a photo of himself posing with the Jeep featuring the DRFC Rovers Till I Die plate as he arrived at the hospital shortly before his wife Michelle gave birth.

Dave Mulligan during his spell at Rovers.

Just a few hours after the snap was taken, Mulligan welcomed daughter Eden-Lily into the world.

Liverpool-born Mulligan, who scored four goals in 77 appearances for Rovers, began his career at Barnsley and later joined Scunthorpe after his spell at Doncaster.

Following a few loan spells in England, he then turned his attentions to New Zealand football and is now a coach and was a member of the All Whites team at the 2010 World Cup although he did not feature during the competition.

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Dave Mulligan during his spell at Rovers.